Rules of Poker


Poker is a game in which players place bets and try to win pots (money or chips). The fundamental aim is to make other players fold their hands, but this must be done within the rules of poker.

Players buy into the game with poker chips, usually in increments of 10, 25, and 50. Each chip is worth a different amount, depending on its color and value. A white chip is worth the minimum ante or bet, and a red chip is worth five whites. Players may use other colored chips to represent the same amounts as whites, but only if their value is the same.

After each player receives 2 cards, betting begins. When it is your turn, you can say “call” to match the last bet or raise and place that amount in the pot. If you have a strong hand, you should raise to force weaker hands out of the pot.

If you have a bad hand, you can still win the pot by bluffing or by getting lucky. This can be very profitable, but you must remember to play within the rules of poker.

You must also be able to read the tells of other players and know their playing styles. Pay attention to their eye movements, idiosyncrasies, betting patterns, and hand gestures. A player who calls frequently but makes a huge raise may be holding an exceptional hand. Learn to read your opponents and their tendencies and you will be a much better player.